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Agent & Recruiter Fees In China… What Is Acceptable

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    19 January, 2014 at 21:19
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    I finally broke down and used an agent for the first time in my life and although I am not 100% happy with things, I can live with the outcome until my contract expires next June (I opted for a 6 month contract) Anyway, I did a lot of calling and surfing and interviewing and I collected a lot of information and fees charged along the way that I am willing to share here…

    Best HR – 25%
    Foreign HR – 30%
    Fesco – 20%
    Antal – 20%
    China ESL -50%-66%
    Gold Star Teachers – 40%
    China Job Central – 10%
    ChinaJobs.com – 20%
    Crossroads – 25%
    Footprints – 35%
    Red Dragon HR – 15%
    China Hot.com- 20%
    Match Dragon – 25%
    ESLCafe – 30%
    ESL China – 25%
    China-Tesol.com – 40%
    ESL Jobs -30%
    TeachBrave.com – 15%
    TransitionsAbroad.com – 30%
    Teachcn.com – 20%
    SimplyHired.com – 25%
    ESLChinaCafe.com – 35%
    JingJobs.com – 30%
    ESLTeachersCafe.com – 40%
    HorizonESLChina.com – 30%
    SinoJobs.com – 20%
    WorkInChina.com – 25%
    Michael Page – 25%

    It was like pulling teeth to find out the total fees I would have to pay. Also note that almost all of these recruiters charge some application or processing fee of $150 to $1,000 up front but half of them give it back when you complete your contract. I went with a 15% cut of my pay and a $500 processing fee and ended up with a FT teaching gig that pays 16,000 per month that is a 15 minute walk from my apartment. What ticked me off is that they couldn’t tell me my working hours and days until after I paid my $500 and only told me it was 40 hours a week with no overtime. What rates do you guys think are reasonable?

    20 January, 2014 at 12:04
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    Reply To: Agent & Recruiter Fees In China… What Is Acceptable

    Was the agent you used in the end registered with the Min of Education and with a SAIC licence card?

    ICAL – TEFL Courses & TEFL Resources

    24 January, 2014 at 3:37
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    Reply To: Agent & Recruiter Fees In China… What Is Acceptable

    ICAL raises an interesting and valid point… More than 90% of the teaching job ads you see online or in your mailbox come from unlicensed self-professed agents who are not legally registered to do business in China. Why is this important?

    Well, if you get cheated you have no way to even know the real identity of those who swindled you since most recruiters just use fabricated names, free email addresses and disposable mobile telephone numbers. They may have beautiful web sites but that means nothing.

    Thanks to Nelson for a great OP, We are actually now doing an China agent survey and will expand on this list shortly.

    Before accepting any teaching job in China, please visit http://www.ChinaScamBusters.com Know Before You Go and get a free copy of China’s labor laws from the CFTU (Just request by email)

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